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Please find below the most recent in-depth analysis pieces from CriticalThreats.org.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: May 27
By Alexis Knutsen, May 27, 2015

A senior Iranian military official acknowledged that al Houthi forces have been receiving Iranian training, the first time an Iranian military leader has done so publicly. The acknowledgement, which also touted Iran’s missile capabilities, came as the al Houthis continued to fire artillery into Saudi Arabian territory. The Al Houthis claim to have developed longer range missile capabilities.

Update and Assessment: May 27, 2015
By The Editors , May 27, 2015

he Critical Threats Project releases a weekly update and assessment on Iran and the al Qaeda network.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: May 20
By Daniel O'Keefe, May 20, 2015

The United Nations announced that it will host Yemeni political talks in Geneva on May 28 and encouraged all parties in the Yemen conflict to participate without preconditions. The talks would be the first resumption of inclusive dialogue since the start of Saudi airstrikes in Yemen. Both the al Houthis and Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government signaled they would have conditions for participation.

Update and Assessment: May 19, 2015
By The Editors , May 19, 2015

The Critical Threats Project releases a weekly update and assessment on Iran and the al Qaeda network.

The Fall of Ramadi was Avoidable

The seizure of Ramadi on Sunday leaves President Obama’s strategy against the Islamic State in ruins not only in Iraq but also throughout the Muslim world.This is what happens when a policy of half-measures, restrictions and posturing meets a skillful and determined enemy on the battlefield.

Update and Assessment: May 12, 2015
By The Editors , May 12, 2015

The Critical Threats Project releases a weekly update and assessment on Iran and the al Qaeda network.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: May 13
By Daniel O'Keefe, May 13, 2015

A tenuous May 12 ceasefire in Yemen holds, though limited clashes between the al Houthis and local Yemeni militias supported by Saudi-led airstrikes have continued. Separately, an Iranian cargo ship heading to Yemen refused to submit to inspections, increasing tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia and the U.S.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: May 8
By Alexis Knutsen, May 8, 2015

Weapons sent to Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition may have been transferred to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), according to local Yemeni reporting. The conflict in Yemen appears to be escalating despite U.S. efforts and despite Saudi hints at a ceasefire.

Desknote: The Growing Threat of ISIS in Yemen
By Joshua Koontz, May 6, 2015

Groups claiming loyalty to the Islamic State in Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) are emerging throughout Yemen. It is unknown whether these pro-ISIS groups have ties to ISIS in Iraq and whether they operate together or independently. The groups call themselves wilayats (provinces) following standard ISIS practice. There are seven known wilayats operating in ten Yemeni provinces: Sa’ada, Sana’a, al Jawf, al Bayda, Taiz, Ibb, Lahij, Aden, Shabwah, and Hadramawt.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: May 6
By Daniel O'Keefe, May 6, 2015

The al Houthis fired mortar shells at civilian targets inside Saudi Arabia, the first time in the current conflict the al Houthis have appeared to target civilians. The attack is a significant escalation in violence in the current conflict and may result in a strong military response from Saudi Arabia. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) continues to take advantage of Yemen’s security vacuum and has begun recruiting fighters in Hadramawt.